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Nautical Decor and Replica
Made with an 18th century industrial design, this Authentic Models Bronzed 30 Minute Hourglass is made from hand-tooled solid brass with a bronzed finish. It has an authentic, aged and atmospheric look, making it the perfect nautical accessory or piece of decor. The polished wooden base is thick and elegant; place on a sophisticated desk.
Sailing ships were on a 24-hour schedule. A crew divided into three worked 4-hour shifts. Before the invention of the clock a 30-minute hourglass next to the helmsman was turned each time the sand had finished running through. Half an hour on board was called a 'Glass' and the helmsman would ring the ships bell once for the first glass, two for the second, and so on. After the eighth glass he would ring it eight times, and that was the signal for everyone to change shifts.
The hourglass could also be used to measure longitude. Sextants would measure the latitude, and hourglasses would be used to measure the time to find the longitude as parallel to the equator. If you're sailing east from Cape Town to Australia you don't want to end up on the infamous reefs out there. The galleons wrecked on the Western Australian reefs reminded the crew of the perils of incorrectly kept time, and the major importance of using the hourglass.
Product Code: HG007 Brand: Authentic Models Material: Bronze Colour: Bronze, Brown
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